Learn about Journalism
Summer 2021 Program Dates: mid-June through early-August
Traditionally, the Princeton Summer Journalism Program hosts a 10-day residential journalism institute in August on the campus of Princeton University. PSJP students would visit Princeton from their hometown or state and stay in Princeton undergraduate dorms, attending workshops and lectures and learning skills to produce their own newspaper. Students would also have the opportunity to tour major news organizations, such as The New York Times, Huffington Post and Bloomberg; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a short documentary; attend a film or theatre production; conduct an investigative project; author a group blog; and report, write, edit and design their own newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal, which is published on the program's last day.
In the wake of the pandemic, PSJP has shifted to running an entirely virtual program for the summers of 2020 and 2021. For the first six weeks, students attend one lecture and two workshops each week taught by program alumni and journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Politico, Sports Illustrated and CNN, among other media outlets over Zoom. They also attend weekly discussion groups to further their understanding of core topics, as well as learning about the journey through college and into the field from our counselors. During the last week of the program, the week we would normally have spent on campus, students spend more time having critical discussions with renowned journalists on a variety of topics. As always, students engage with weekly readings on current events and report on different assigned topics throughout the course of the program, beginning in June, to publish the Princeton Summer Journal. Please review the 2020 Program Schedule for details on last summer's virtual program.
In addition to introducing students to the multifaceted world of journalism, PSJP is designed to immerse students in a residential experience at one of the best colleges in the country. Although students do not live on campus in underclassmen residence halls during the virtual program, they have the opportunity to attend sessions with renowned Princeton professors, as well as the president and representatives of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to experience Princeton’s approach to the liberal arts. During the last week of the program, students attend seminars on every aspect of the college admissions process, including writing personal narratives, choosing the best fit college, and understanding how applications are evaluated, and meet with colleges admissions representatives.
All costs to attend the physical summer program, including air or ground transportation to and from campus, housing, meals, technology, and resources, are covered by the program. PSJP does not provide technology during the virtual program but will work with students to address barriers to participating to the best of our ability.